A few years ago I had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster for A TIGER TAIL and a second TBT title. Long before I had finished off A TIGER TAIL I had been thinking and planning for what the second book could be, as I usually have a number of books in my imagination pipeline that I work to develop – though not all of them make it. I had been in talks with the wonderful Christian Trimmer, who acquired these books, about what the second book could be, when he was offered an amazing new position at a different publisher. While I was extremely happy for him, as he’s truly a great editor, I was also left wondering how this was going to play out not working with him anymore. It’s easy to get a bit worried about all the possible outcomes this could have, and so I was pleasantly surprised to have Ruta Rimas email me one day introducing herself as my new editor for the second book of this deal. I still remember our conversation about how she let me know the deadline for this now delayed story, and I replied that Christian and I hadn’t worked out the second idea yet. “Well, we better get going if we’re going to make that deadline then.” – Or something like that was Ruta’s response! I laughed nervously, and we set up a meeting to discuss a few of the ideas I had on the back burner. It may have sounded crazy to me, but Ruta’s calm confidence in my ability helped set me at ease.
At this point I had already pitched a number of ideas to Christian that he wasn’t so sure were quite ready, so I was really starting to search through the deeper wells of my idea bank. That was when I remembered a commissioned illustration I had done for a family some time earlier. They had asked for an image of their family as some sort of classic monster movie poster. I came up with the theme based around the daughter’s stuffed bunny and The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. I looked at my old idea and realized there may be something here and thankfully Ruta agreed!
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT FLUFFY is now out rampaging in bookstores and story times, so I thought I’d share the first bit with you to celebrate.
And then something happens that we’ll keep under wraps for now, but I wanted to show just a bit of Fluffy when angry…
I think my favorite thing about this book is how it reads out loud and I hope folks enjoy it as much as I did making it. Next month I’ll return with another regular post about a book and my favorite thing about it. In the meantime this book came to be with the help of some really great folks – so I’ll thank Ruta, Christian, Simon and Schuster, my agent Jen, my niece Claire, and of course Tyler and Bryanne for the original commission that ignited this idea!
Bonus note 1: This one is dedicated to my wonderful niece Claire, who’s only real similarity with the Claire in this book is that they share the same name – I don’t know that I’ve ever seen her mad.
Bonus note 2: Ruta let me do a special design for the cover under the Dust Jacket!
***50 FOOT GIVEAWAY***
Comment below and I’ll randomly choose a winner to receive a signed copy of ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT FLUFFY – I’ll reveal the winner in my September post.